The Sherman City Council voted Monday to create a new school zone on Houston Street near Sory Elementary School. Auto speeds will be limited to 30 miles per hour starting 45 minutes before school opens until classes begin, from the beginning to the end of the lunch period and for the 30 minute period beginning at the close of school. Speeds will be 45 miles per hour at all other times, which is 5 miles per hour higher than the current posted speed.
The change was made at the behest of Sherman Independent School District, and was brought for a vote after a study of traffic patterns by the Texas Department of Transportation. City Engineering Director Clay Barnett said TxDOT will place the signs designating the school zone, which means the city does not control the timing of that next step.
In other business, Council members voted to cancel the city’s municipal election, which would have been held on Nov. 4. The election was no longer necessary, as only two individuals submitted paperwork for seats on the Council. Councilman David Plyler will serve a second term, while Terrence Steele will rejoin the body after a seven-year hiatus. Cancelling the election will save the city about $13,000, according to city staff.
Steele will replace Deputy Mayor Robert Softly when sworn-in on Nov. 17.
The Council also made official a previously discussed change to the city’s tourism promotion, voting to contract with the Sherman Chamber of Commerce to take-over those duties from town staff. Beginning Oct. 1, the Chamber will oversee Sherman’s $240,000 tourism budget, which is funded out of the city’s hotel/motel tax. The Chamber will also receive a one-time, $60,000 payment for start-up costs. The contract, which includes civic support of the Sherman Museum, is renewable by the city on a year-to-year basis.